MAY 11 - Today in Food History

• [Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive] (May 11, 2019) Since 1993, on the 2nd Saturday in May letter carriers across the nation collect nonperishable food items left by mailboxes.

World Fair Trade Day (May 11, 2019 - 2nd Sat in May) [World Fair Trade Organization, WFTO] a day to promote Fair Trade as a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty, climate change and the economic crisis that has the greatest impact on the world’s most vulnerable populations.

• National Mocha Torte Day

• Eat What You Want Day

Netherlands: [National Mill Day] (May 11-12, 2019 - 2nd Sat) On this day 950 windmills and watermills open their doors to visitors.

UK: [National Doughnut Week]  (May 11-18, 2019) participating bakers across the UK will be helping to raise money for The Children's Trust by donating money for every doughnut they sell.

• World Cocktail Week: May 6-13 (See May 13, 1806)
  (Cocktail Recipes  ---  Cocktail Trivia)

On this day in:

1838 Thomas Andrew Knight died.  British horticulturist and botanist who experimented with geotropism, phototropism and heliotropism.

1858 Minnesota became the 32nd state. Land of 10,000 Lakes; The Gopher State.
(Minnesota Food Trivia, Facts & Statistics)

1886 Willis Marshall of Chicago, Illinois received a patent for a 'grain binder' for grain harvesters.

1934 The Dust Bowl.  One of the worst dust storms ever to hit the Great Plains occurred.  It lasted 2 days and the area lost massive amounts of top soil.

1946 The first CARE packages for survivors of WW II in Europe arrive at Le Havre, France.  (Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe).

1947 B.F. Goodrich announced the development of the tubeless tire.

1977 The U.S. announced a timetable for the phase out of the use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in aerosol products.  By December 15, 1978, companies must stop using chlorofluorocarbons as propellants in aerosol products.

1992 Carlos 'Danny' Herrera died. He was 90 years old. Herrera is the most likely inventor of the Margarita tequila cocktail in 1938. (see also Margarita Trivia)

2002 Yes, we have no bananas. Joseph Bonanno, a former Mafia boss known as 'Joe Bananas,' died in Tucson, Arizona at age 97.

2009 U.S. first class postage rates were raised to 44 cents and post cards to 28 cents.

2010 A giant herring measuring 11.4 feet long, was discovered in the fishing village of Bovallstrand on Sweden's west coast. The Regalecus glesne, known as the 'King of Herrings' or Giant Oarfish, had last been seen in Sweden in 1879. The rarely seen fish can reach nearly 40 feet long and weigh up to 600 pounds.
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